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    Switzerland ‘seizes assets from migrants’ to cover costs

    Migrants bound for Switzerland may be in for an unfortunate surprise.

    Local broadcaster SRF says that those crossing the border must surrender to the state any assets worth more than 1,000 Swiss francs – that is 914 euros – as a contribution towards their upkeep.

    It’s also reported that refugees who win the right to stay and work in Switzerland have to surrender 10 percent of their pay for up to a decade until they repay 15,000 francs (nearly 14,000 euros).

    “This is undignified,” SRF cited Stefan Frey from refugee aid group Schweizerische Fluechtlingshilfe as saying.

    “This has to change.”

    SRF cited the state migration authority SEM as justifying the measure, noting the law calls for asylum seekers and refugees to contribute where possible to the cost of processing their applications and providing social assistance.

    “If someone leaves voluntarily within seven months this person can get the money back and take it with them. Otherwise the money covers costs they generate,” an SEM spokeswoman told SRF.

    The Swiss practice has been revealed as Denmark amends its controversial moves to confiscate refugees’ possessions to pay for their stay – by increasing the amount they will be allowed to keep.

    Several organisations, including the UN High Commission for Refugees, have censured the Nordic country for the proposal, as well as for others that will delay family reunification and make acquiring refugee and residence status more difficult.

    Switzerland ?seizes assets from migrants? to cover costs | euronews, world news

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    “If someone leaves voluntarily within seven months this person can get the money back and take it with them. Otherwise the money covers costs they generate,” an SEM spokeswoman told SRF.
    Smart move.. auf wiedersehen

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    Excellent idea.

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    Petty. So not only will they be migrants but they will be impoverished also.

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    Kin' damn right. Impoverished? Aren't the majority impoverished anyway with the exception of war torn countries. Nothing to loose but gain if there are truly in the deep.

    Regardless it is flawed. Once news gets to the migrants I am sure they are going to leave their possessions elsewhere if they can.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly View Post
    Petty. So not only will they be migrants but they will be impoverished also.
    No ! Islam means surrender not impoverished

    Understand ???

    C'mon Willy Wanker another RED ?

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    Fantastic idea.

    The illegal boat people washing up in Australia were in possession of mobile phones, heaps of cash and other goodies.

    They could only get on the boats after parting with big money.

    Certainly not real refo's.

    Take their wedge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hans Mann
    It’s also reported that refugees who win the right to stay and work in Switzerland have to surrender 10 percent of their pay for up to a decade until they repay 15,000 francs (nearly 14,000 euros).
    This is a very good idea; we should do the same in the UK. It's perfectly reasonable, actually it's more than reasonable - the migrants get a better life, and get to pay some of the costs back at a slow rate over many years; the best bank load ever...
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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly View Post
    Petty. So not only will they be migrants but they will be impoverished also.
    Regardless, these migrants will be a drain....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Black Heart
    Regardless, these migrants will be a drain....
    Yes it really is a drop in the ocean. The whole strategy of relocating them to culturally foreign western countries instead of local ME countries is flawed in so many ways.

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    They are far from impoverished. They also have a warm place to live, food, clothes etc. They are getting daily language classes, in whichever language area they live in. They are getting spending money. They are not living in camps like in Calais. They are also getting integration lessons - basically about how to be polite to your hosts.

    So, why the hell should they not pay a bit for their upkeep. And if they get jobs, why should they not pay taxes - everyone else does.

    This has been going on for years in Switzerland, it is not new.

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    They should pull their gold teeth out too

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    Clever fuckers the Swiss.
    Historically.
    Beautiful country.
    Totally independent.
    Wealthy.
    Healthy.
    Environmentally ahead of their time.

    And here once again they show a very simple and ultimately fair way of separating the wheat from the chaff.

    Other countries should follow.

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    I should imagine many Westerners would snatch this deal by the Swiss to be a Swiss resident and citizen.

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    but instead
    ''Germany's finance minister is floating the idea of a European tax on petrol to help finance the continent's efforts to manage the migrant crisis.''

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    ^^ Exactly.
    It's a very fair deal for Swiss citizenship and support.

    Any real asylum seeker would accept the terms with a smile and a thank you very much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blue View Post
    but instead
    ''Germany's finance minister is floating the idea of a European tax on petrol to help finance the continent's efforts to manage the migrant crisis.''
    Yes, to finance EU border control to stem the unfettered influx.

    Inform yourself before running your mouth.

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    Switzerland ‘seizes assets from migrants’ to cover costs

    It makes sense.
    If I was to claim social security in Germany, they'd tell me to come back after I'd sold my assetts and lived the money down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stroller View Post
    Switzerland ‘seizes assets from migrants’ to cover costs

    It makes sense.
    If I was to claim social security in Germany, they'd tell me to come back after I'd sold my assetts and lived the money down.
    Please don't

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    Edit:

    Anyway, Stoller is right

    For once

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang View Post
    I should imagine many Westerners would snatch this deal by the Swiss to be a Swiss resident and citizen.
    That's difficult. First you have to get a job which a Swiss is not able to do. With that you get a residents/work permit. If you want to become Swiss you have to prove that you have worked, contributed and integrated for at least 10 years.

    Then, you have to speak one of the languages fluently, know a bit about Swiss history and politics. Have a clean slate with the Police both in Switzerland and your home country...

    A plus factor that may play in your favour is if you are married to a Swiss person. And have children. But you don't automatically get the Passport. I never got it, because, at the time i would have had to give up my EU passport.

    They really clamped down on so called bogus marriages. 15 years ago an aquaintance of mine called me up to ask me to marry a man from Nigeria. He would pay me 15,000 francs for that. She soon shut up when i told her i would go to the police and the sad part was - I am not Swiss. I then got abusive calls from the man in question - asking me why i wouldn't marry him!! I repeated my threat of police - never heard from either of them again. Even though i heard that she, an Irish woman, had asked numerous other people the same thing.

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    Switzerland is very like any other country with visas, and money in the bank etc. to be able to live here.

    In fact, having lived here for 40 odd years it was a real eye opener for me to read on Swiss Fora, the problems people go through to get their spouses and kids here.

    Me, i got the permit when i was 16. And naively thought everyone else got theirs easily too. Until i read horror stories of people who came here to work and their wife and kids have to wait six months or a year etc.

    A bit like you guys who want to take your family back to your home countries.

    Paperwork, money, paperwork, money....!!

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